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the united states find itself embroiled in vietnam fighting a war that would last more than a decade? cost more than 58,000 american lives and sear our national soul. tonight, flash point vietnam. the road to war. that is next on on war stories. >> they were talking about this thing ending soon. >> i would say we have a commitment to the vietnamese for freedom. >> we were asked to do it. >> peace is a journey of a thousand miles. >> i'd only been out of the state of west virginia a couple times when i joined the marine corps. >> in 1960, earn any wallace was a 16-year-old. >> on graduation there were two things to do around our area that was work in the coal mines or construction. i was not very much for work. i wanted to see the world. >> i always wanted to be the marine. >> ed joined the marines on the eve of the war in vietnam. >> i went in the marine corps in december of 1959, went through boot camp in '60. >> three years after he arrived in boot camp, ed martin from ohio tried to join the army. >> the army recruiter wasn't there and then we went over to the marines and marine recruite
want. survival cancer rates, they are significantly better in the united states. they may feel good in finland but they have universal health care. the five year survival right raitd for men for cancer in europe is 47%. in united states it's 66%. that is not chump change. so sultan needed care he came to ph.d. anderson. >> and. >> despite those examples they say you want to dump healthcare. if you are poor you die? >> well, i am old enough to remember when health care was not run by the government. my father practiced medicine in a small town in iowa. people weren't dying on the streets then. the answer to medical care is what we did back then and it worked. it's the 3 c's of health care, cash for out patient care. when you have cash the price of things go down. competition makes everything better. we have no competition in government monopoly medicare. >> john: cash, catastrophic insurance but first right now you expect the insurance company to pay. a few people have health saving accounts and they will say to the doctor, does it need to cost that. nobody has asked the question bef
of debate where the united states falls on educating our students compared to the rest of the world. right now we're ranked 23rd in the world. >> john: out of something 40 industrialized countries. >> what does it say when we can't even debate what students are learning or discussing if we can't debate that and merit of it when we are ranked 23rd. >> we are ranked first in self-esteem. [ laughter ] >> american children rank first in self-esteem. >> i do think that serious debating is a lot of art on a lot of campuses. you occasionally diverge end perspectives but it's all about protests. it's not about having a rational conversation. i feel this or calling the other person a name. >> in some circles it's pretty easy to win a conversation by calling the other person a race effort. that is it. end of story but really that is just intellectual boring. having said that there is racist but how do you know the difference between political correctness gone array and racist speech? >> well, you are right. just because i don't think my wife is a racist doesn't mean i think there is no such thing as
was eroding. half of those interviewed in a poll said they had no idea what the war was about. the united states had become increasingly involved in vietnam since 1961. and introduced in 1965. 13,000 troops had been killed there. in august, president johnson announced he was sending 50,000 troops to jungles of vietnam. >> and there are delays and disappointments. this must continue. >> and also proposed that americans average household income under $8,000. >> in the summer of 1967, president johnson in order to pay for the war, asked americans to propose a sur tax on extra 10% on income tax to pay for the war. >> a journalist covering vietnam for nine newspapers and wrote a turning point for the vietnam war. >> so political support for the war diminished sharply. in response, the president tried to convince americans the war was nearly won. and you brought back to this country general wes moreland and appeared before congress and the national press club can and told them was the war was nearly over. and we had almost won. >> 1967 was an election year. the war. the problems continue tonigh
. >> so you are complaining that the united states is no good uncle? >> actually, yes you contributed all your life and it's not there. >> john: they said it was an insurance plan and they spent it. >> that is the wrong way to think about it. i think we have provided a safety net for the vulnerable and elderly. i'm the one paying this. i should be the one ticked off and not you guys and i'm totally fine because i under the value it offers our society. without that value, you can say hypothetically if people for the last 65 years did something different but the reality right now we have people in 60s, 70s and 80s we have to to support. if we don't something is going to happen. >> you have 3.6 million people a year entering the age of 65. leading edge of the babyboomers, becoming fully eligible for medicare and social security benefits and the money is not there. >> john: i'm a baby boomer. there is too many of us. >> you'll be fine, sir. >> john: so you should be mad a at me. here is a live picture of the effects of social security and medicare. >> excuse me. i have to take some of these.
of shoulders of the united states. >> reporter: now that meeting took place on the sidelines before it kicked off. very pore meeting between the two presidents. now, the summit itself has kicked off and secretary-general and president obama and other leaders. bottom line what the president is trying to make clear that the u.s. will be committed beyond 2014 to help afghanistan stand up on its own but reiterating that all combat troops out by the end of 2014. >> so the g-8 summit wrapped up and focused on the euro zone debt crisis. will leaders talk about that in chicago, too? >> reporter: they think they will talk about it on sidelines, andrea merkel, germany being part of nato a lot of the same leaders, canada is here talking mostly about security issues but the debt crisis is overshadowing anything. it's been a drag on the u.s. economy. white house officials feel good about what happened at the g-8 summit at camp david of them feel president obama helped move the german chancellor along bit. she has taken a firm line, not more spending in europe. they think inside the white house there needs
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